Brian Kelly explains the importance of choosing the right LSU player to wear No. 18

The tradition of awarding the No. 18 jersey to a player who stands out as a leader will continue under LSU coach Brian Kelly.

IKelly, who already awarded the No. 7 jersey to Kayshon Boutte,

said that the team has had discussions about the significance of No. 18.

"I think the tradition is real and it needs to continue,

" Kelly said. "If we think that No. 7 is the most talented player from the state of Louisiana,

we think that No. 18 is that player that leads in an extraordinary manner — has great focus,

represents your program in a positive way both in the classroom in the community and on the field.

We're going to award it to a deserving player —we're just not going to do that today. But it's coming."

Last season, senior punter Avery Atkins and linebacker Damone Clark wore the number.

In the past, No. 7 has gone to the most talented player on the LSU roster,

but it was never a clearly requirement to be from the state of Louisiana. Last year,

it was awarded to Baton Rouge-native Derek Stingley Jr. , while the year before it went to Tennessee-native JaCoby Stevens. 

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